Images that are believed to be of the next-generation Suzuki Swift were leaked and published overnight.
The renderings seen here were reportedly photographed at a dealer conference and were originally posted online by AutoExpress.
If these pictures are accurate, the new Swift will have a slightly harder edge to it, while still retaining styling cues that first appeared on the 2004 hatch.
New elements include hidden rear door handles, LED driving lights, and a floating roof look that’s achieved with the help of a black plastic sash on the D-pillar.
On the inside, the new Swift has a more appealing and upmarket look to it. Ahead of the driver, there’s a flat-bottomed steering wheel, while the instruments have an almost Alfa-esque design. In the centre there are rotary climate control dials, a large touchscreen infotainment display, and circular air vents.
Although it’s hard to see in the photo below, the new Swift can be specified with a swathe of body-coloured plastic across the dashboard.
The car seen here is believed to be the next-generation Sport variant. As such, it features unique alloy wheels and a rear diffuser that incorporates exhaust tips on either side. The large 6-point grille may also be exclusive to the Sport.
Entry-level Euro-spec Swifts will reportedly be powered by a 82kW/170Nm 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo, while the Swift Sport will be motivated by a 103kW/220Nm 1.4-litre turbocharged direct-injection engine.
It’s said that the new Swift will be unveiled towards the end of 2016 prior to going on sale in Europe from 2017.
Although Australian availability has yet to be confirmed, we expect to see a launch here possibly during the second half of 2017.